Family Fun with Father Goose Downtown

Looking for some affordable fun for your Indianapolis kids this week? Look no further than the Indianapolis Public Library Downtown’s presentation of Father Goose, a musical trip through the rhymes and stories of Mother Goose. Singer and songwriter Paul Odenwelder leads this FREE Indianapolis event Wednesday, March 31 at the Indianapolis Marion County Central Library downtown. The fun gets started at 2:00 pm in the Learning Curve. Indianapolis kids of all ages, and their parents, are welcome to attend this Indianapolis music education event.

Mother Goose has been bringing the joy of reading to children for centuries. This well known, fictional literary figure is given credit for many fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Mother Goose Rhymes offers parable like stories to children, introducing themes and morals about the nature of life. Though the origin of this fictive character has been traced back to many sources, the actual origin of the Mother Goose Rhymes and Stories is still unknown. Only one thing is for sure, these tales have survived the test of time and culture through a great oral tradition of storytelling, and have been told over and over again by some of the greatest authors in history.

Famous Mother Goose tales include Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty and Diamonds and Toads. Basically any children’s story or nursery rhyme handed down across multiple generations can be grouped in a category with Mother Goose-esque tales. These stories offer fantasy, romance, strong characters and, generally, a happy ending with a lesson learned.

Enjoy these oral parables Wednesday afternoon at the Indianapolis Library downtown, as they are illuminated by singer and songwriter Paul Odenwelder, a.k.a. Father Goose. This family friendly musician is practiced in sharing music with kids and their families. As a licensed Kindermusik instructor, he brings to his performances an understanding of child attention spans and interests, which keeps kids engaged with his shows.

Prior to developing his interest in musical education, Odenwelder played The Grand Old Opry, opening for acts like Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Tracy Byrd and many more. He has a degree in Performance from Boston’s Berklee College of Music and is a published songwriter. He has run two music education studios for more than two decades, teaching guitar, bass, composition and production. His contributions to Indianapolis education have not gone unnoticed in the Circle City, as he is a highly respected musical instructor and performer.

Head to this free Indianapolis performing arts event at the Public Library in Indianapolis downtown this Wednesday at 2:00 pm. After the program, treat your Indianapolis kids to an afternoon snack at any of these great Indianapolis restaurants. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information at Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. Get out in Indy and find some fun!

Father Goose
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Indianapolis Library Downtown
One Library Square
40 East St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204